The all-new 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 looks set to stage a coup in the automotive world’s pecking order, offering an alternative to the supercar that looks and sounds an awful lot like one. Packing the horsepower output and rev action of a Porsche 911 GT3 and the thrilling racer engine noise reviewers are calling “a screamer,” this twin cam super-‘Vette could do some serious damage in the luxury sports car niche thanks to its comparatively modest price tag.
What kind of engine and tech is hiding under this car’s hood? And what is it about it that is so exciting? To find out what’s best about the Z06, let’s take a look at some of the drool-worthy components making Corvette fans swoon—and competitors nervous.
What’s Sitting Under the Hood of the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06?
The Corvette Z06 unleashes a spectacular 600 horses from its naturally aspirated 5.5 litre V-8 engine, featuring dual-overhead cams and a flat-plane crank to knock out a dizzying 8500-9000 rpm rev similar to the carmaker’s C8.R race car V-8.
Offering an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission on a rear-wheel drive, those taking auto mechanic training are bound to be equally intrigued by performance revisions that outshine the Corvette Stingray like wider, grippier summer tires, super sharp brakes, a stronger suspension, and auto adjusting active aerodynamics to improve high-speed downforce and cornering traction.
What Would Catch an Automotive School Student’s Eye?
When it comes to the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, there’s a lot there to impress any automotive student who loves cars. The cabin on the Z06 is designed to delight the driver, with lots of the standard and optional features we saw on the Stingray, including a huge 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster and head-up display.
The Z06 should also offer Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging along with its 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment 3 Plus system. Drivers looking to crank their tunes above the super-engine’s howling revs can look forward to the likelihood of powerhouse Bose 10-speaker or 14-speaker options. Reviewers are predicting carbon-fibre and micro-suede accents throughout the cockpit, heated seats, and a nice spacious trunk at the rear.
On the exterior, look out for Chevrolet’s design efforts to keep the 2022 Z06 lean and mean, featuring a lighter weight front splitter, rear wing, and exhaust. Reviewers are also banking on a carbon-fibre wheel option to further reduce weight. Flared fenders and larger air scoops complete the sleek racecar-worthy construction.
Any Additional Stand-out Features Worth a Mention?
In addition to the many goodies already mentioned, there are a few extra features that are worthy of attention. Students of automotive school and car fans alike will find the Performance Data Recorder feature cool, which lets the driver track as many of their rides as they want with a GoPro style video recording. There’s even a “nanny-cam” type of setting that lets drivers check out what really happens when they leave their car with a parking valet (Ferris Bueller, anyone?).
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